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#172047 - 12/12/07 08:02 AM w00t!
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Merriam-Websters word of the year.

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#172048 - 12/12/07 10:11 AM Re: w00t! [Re: AnnaStrophic]
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Egad.

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#172049 - 12/12/07 12:06 PM Re: w00t! [Re: Jackie]
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"...because it blends whimsy and new technology."

Next year's word would be a toss up between fire and wheel except those words are still popular so they're disqualified.

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#172051 - 12/12/07 12:44 PM Re: w00t! [Re: Myridon]
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Languagehat posted about woot, and so did Grant Barrett.
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#172052 - 12/12/07 01:30 PM Re: w00t! [Re: zmjezhd]
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Kind sir, could you explain to me what the word "yawpish" means?
So that I might understand what is so special about the word
"wOOt-woot"? ( Except that it is an exclamation of happiness, which might be special enough. )

OneLook does not acknowledge the word. Neither does Urban.

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#172053 - 12/12/07 01:38 PM Re: w00t! [Re: BranShea]
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There's a verb, to yawp 'to cry, bark', which is a variant of to yelp. As with many verbs, this, too, has been nominalized (nouned if you'd rather). From there, it is a short hop-skip to adjectival derivation by use of the suffix -ish. That's all conjecture, and tsuwm has suggested elsewhere that it might mean 'noisy, clamorous'.
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#172054 - 12/12/07 02:30 PM Re: w00t! [Re: zmjezhd]
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Originally Posted By: zmjezhd
There's a verb, to yawp 'to cry, bark', which is a variant of to yelp. As with many verbs, this, too, has been nominalized (nouned if you'd rather). From there, it is a short hop-skip to adjectival derivation by use of the suffix -ish. That's all conjecture, and tsuwm has suggested elsewhere that it might mean 'noisy, clamorous'.


The spotted hawk swoops by and accuses me--he complains of my gab and my loitering.
I too am not a bit tamed--I too am untranslatable;
I sound my barbaric yawp over the roofs of the world.


-- Song of Myself, Walt Whitman, Leaves of Grass, 1855

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#172055 - 12/12/07 02:41 PM Re: w00t! [Re: BranShea]
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Look up w00t with zeroes in UrbanDictionary - 33 definitions go on for pages - or you can link to it from the front page today.

Walt Whitman circa 1891
"I too am not a bit tamed, I too am untranslatable,
I sound my barbaric YAWP over the roofs of the world."

One might also count the all important "YOP!" from Dr. Seuss' "Horton Hears a Who" as a yawp.

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#172056 - 12/12/07 03:16 PM Re: w00t! [Re: Myridon]
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I use w00t frequently. aloud.

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#172058 - 12/12/07 04:10 PM Re: w00t! [Re: Buffalo Shrdlu]
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...maybe my yawp isn't loud enough

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